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26 Homemade, Non-Toxic Nail Polish Shades

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26 Homemade, Non-Toxic Nail Polish Shades

Nail polish is all the rage these days. Not that painting ones nails is some new form of cool (I still remember thinking my mom’s nails were permanently red in the 90s) but the trend has, in the last couple of years, really blown up in a new way. Now we have not only the regular ‘ol manicure and acrylic nail tips, but the uber-popular gel nails, which promise to last two weeks. Tons of options for personalization and custom designs have sprouted and nails have even made their own unique splashes at Fashion Week in NYC this month.

As I checked out nail salons in my new LA neighborhood last week, I began to wonder about homemade nail polishes. I typically buy everything that I can handmade, but hadn’t even thought about looking into mom & pop polish makers. To my excitement, there are plenty out there on the web! These awesome shops create 100% hand-mixed lacquers that are free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP. Try finding that at your local salon! No store-bought franken-mixing means that homemade polishes will contain less chemicals and will typically dry faster than most salon nail polishes. You’re also gonna get way more bang for your buck, as most handmade polishes last longer and come in bigger bottles. Interested? Check out my roundup of awesome polishes in a variety of colors (note: there’s a lot of glitter involved… the internet loves sparkle, it seems!). Each polish comes from a different shop, so be sure to click the shop names to see what else you can find. Enjoy!



Banana beach from Wonder Beauty Products.

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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1:39AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Thank you :)

12:57PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Forwarded to those who need to see this and are interested. Thanks for posting.

12:38PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

OMG! UGLY! I just hate blue, black, grey, yellow nails - makes one look sick. Hate sparkles and the fake nails with pictures on them! UGH UGH UGH!
I've let my toe and finger nails go naked this year!

1:30AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thanx for giving us such a useful information on home made non toxic nail polish. now i can easily use my own home made nail polishes .Also I want to add something that i recently wrote an article on Craziness for nail polish . If u r creazy for nail polish then I think this will also help you...

3:29AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Thanks for the tip!

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2:22PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

I thought this was going to teach me to make my own homemade nail polishes, not just show me different shades.

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